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Five drivers whose 2023 plans are surrounded by intrigue

THE 2023 Repco Supercars Championship full-time grid is once again locked and loaded but there remains intrigue around the immediate futures of several familiar faces.

For one reason or another, the quintet selected below have found themselves in a fascinating position where their next step could be make or break.

Jake Kostecki

Jake Kostecki. Pic: Mark Horsburgh

An obvious place to start.

In between various incidents, Kostecki has shown flashes of serious pace over the years, including a pole position in Super2 and a career-best third in main game qualifying at Perth last season.

The West Australian product turns 23 tomorrow but faces an uncertain future after being dumped by Tickford Racing.

Is the top-tier dream dead or can Kostecki find himself a future lifeline?

For now, where can he secure a wildcard or co-drive to rebuild his career?

Zane Goddard

Zane Goddard. Pic: Supplied

The popular 23-year-old was an unlucky omission from the 2022 grid and seemed a strong contender to return this year, especially with a bucketload of Gen3 prototype mileage under his belt.

However, disaster at Bathurst turned things upside down, Goddard coming under heavy criticism for triggering an early multi-car accident.

The Gold Coaster handled himself supremely amid the adversity but talk regarding what’s next has gone quiet in recent months.

There is a redemption story to be had here – but with whom?

Zak Best

Zak Best. Pic: Tickford Racing

The Tickford Racing protégé has made no secret of his disappointment at being overlooked for the seat which opened up in the wake of Kostecki’s departure.

Having lost out there to Super2 rival Declan Fraser, Best has readily admitted he will explore options elsewhere and is 100 percent committed to sealing a Supercars Championship berth in 2024.

Can he position himself to do so with a move elsewhere in the interim? Or is his best bet to wait it out at Tickford, particularly with James Courtney inching closer to the end of his glittering career?

Tim Edwards has insisted there is still a big future awaiting Best at Tickford.

Jayden Ojeda

Jayden Ojeda. Pic: Walkinshaw Andretti United

Ojeda was once the perennial rival of Broc Feeney, who he has seen go on to land a plum drive with Triple Eight and become a Supercars Championship race winner.

Ojeda’s progress meanwhile has stalled.

He impressed in solo wildcards last year with Walkinshaw Andretti United and had his best run yet in a Bathurst 1000 (with Matt Stone Racing) but still couldn’t quite convert that into a full-time promotion.

Similar to Best, how Ojeda plays his cards in 2023 could be critical for his ’24 hopes – and to make sure he doesn’t inadvertently drift into irrelevance by spending too long on the sidelines.

Garry Jacobson

Garry Jacobson. Pic: PremiAir Racing

Jacobson is an intriguing case for it’s a genuine question whether he’ll ever be seen again in Supercars.

A super hard worker, Jacobson served a six-year apprenticeship in Super2 (including two seasons after he won the 2016 title) before finally getting his crack.

From there he jumped from team to team, spending single seasons at Kelly Racing, Matt Stone Racing and Team Sydney before breaking through with a triple top 10 performance for PremiAir Racing at Albert Park last April.

He was out the door just a couple of months later, unceremoniously sacked and has gone to ground ever since.

Surely though he could be a useful co-driver worth considering for the two-part 2023 endurance season?

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